Mia Giovina has quickly become one of our favorite up-and-comers, her relatable writing and gentle voice is the perfect combo. It's easy to see why she's amassed such a loyal Tik Tok following. Her new song "Time Machine" gives you all of the nostalgia feels, blending perfect storytelling with shimmering choruses. She's definitely an artist you need to have on your radar.
Mia! How did you get started in music?
Mia: I can honestly say, as cliche as it may sound, that music has been a part of me for my entire life! My parents are both huge music lovers so I grew up around a lot of it! Whether it was singing in my crib or rewatching Highschool Musical over and over and over again, music has always been my biggest love!
Tell me about your new song “Time Machine” what’s the story behind it?
Mia: “Time Machine” is basically a song about the terrifying feeling of growing up and wishing you could go back to being a kid when everything seemed simpler. I actually wrote it right after seeing a TikTok of a girl crying over her best friend not coming home from college for the summer. I was just feeling super nostalgic and lonely and the song kind of poured out of me. I wrote it in about 20 minutes and instantly felt like it was something special!
How have you been staying motivated to create this past year?
Mia: I think the way I’ve been staying motivated is by creating music for myself first! What I mean by that is, specifically in today’s world of social media, it can be super easy to fall into the habit of posting content that you think will get you a lot of likes, views, or followers. I am definitely guilty of writing and posting a song just because I feel like I need to for my account’s sake. Then, when the video doesn’t do well, it’s even easier to get into this negative headspace of basing your own worth on the numbers the video does or doesn’t bring you. But, when I create a song and then post it purely because I’m super proud of it and want people to hear it, that’s when I feel the most fulfilled.
What else has been inspiring you lately?
Mia: All of the incredibly talented musicians I’ve been seeing on my for you page! Seeing their creativity and listening to the magic they create definitely inspires me to want to create some of my own!
What has been one of the biggest challenges for you in your music career?
Mia: I think one of the biggest things I struggle with daily is comparing myself to other musicians. Again, in a world where you can look into anyone’s life with just the click of a button, it’s easy to start comparing your life to theirs. You start to wonder why you’re not meeting or working with the same people they are, why a label hasn’t signed you yet, or why you haven’t written “the song of the summer” etc. But what I try to remember is just that everyone is on their own timeline and that everything is gonna happen how and when it’s supposed to happen.
What artist (or artists) have you had on loop lately?
Mia: Rachel Bochner is a go-to for happy music for sad people! She’s an indie artist I’ve gotten the honor of writing with a few times and I adore her passion, vision, and talent! She’s releasing an ep soon and depending on when this article comes out she’ll have already released her first song off the ep “Hating Myself in the Summer” !!!
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Mia: Make the music you want to make. At the end of the day, if you’re creating music that makes you happy, and that feels true to you, that’s what will keep you going. Also, don’t let men walk all over you, you’re too powerful and pretty for them.
Music aficionado and editor-in-chief at The New Nine. I'm most at home at festivals and concerts. I would love to start a band of all Kanye covers all on keys. I'm a dedicated Jack White fan and when I saw him in concert it changed my life. I'd never seen someone so passionate about music and preserving its history. Every project he does I just worship. Follow me on Twitter and Insta: @etreadgold